Job Opportunity: University of Toronto, New College

New College in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for one full-time teaching-stream position in the area of writing and language instruction at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream starting July 1, 2018. The successful candidate will also be appointed as Director of the Writing Centre. The full posting can be found here.

The Writing Centre at New College provides one-on-one writing and language instruction for undergraduate students enrolled at New College. The Writing Centre also collaborates with interdisciplinary programs housed at New College to provide both writing instruction integrated within courses and one-on-one instruction for program students.

The Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto have both a collegiate and departmental structure. New College has a long-standing commitment to equity, and to supporting its diverse body of 5000 undergraduate students to excel intellectually, and to engage in the wider community. New College supports four interdisciplinary undergraduate programs—African Studies, Buddhist Mental Health and Psychology, Caribbean Studies, and Equity Studies—and houses two departments (Human Biology and Women and Gender Studies Institute).

The Director of New College Writing Centre will be responsible for providing administrative leadership for the Writing Centre; hiring, training, scheduling and leading a team of writing instructors; collaborating with New College program course instructors on assignment design, assessment and academic integrity, and course-integrated writing instruction; teaching writing in one-on-one, small group and classroom settings; designing co-curricular programming in the Writing Centre; contributing to curriculum development of New College programs; collaborating with New College librarians to deliver joint programming; providing administrative support to the English Language Learning program in the Faculty of Arts and Science; engaging in collaborative initiatives; active contributions to New College governance, programming and committees; engaging in collaborative leadership within the vibrant and intellectually engaged community of writing centres in the Faculty of Arts and Science and at the University of Toronto more widely.

The successful candidate must have at least one post-graduate degree in the area of writing and language instruction, or a relevant field, or equivalent professional, creative or instructional experience. A PhD is preferred. Five-year experience in a university writing centre, including administrative experience, is required. The successful candidates must demonstrate teaching excellence at the undergraduate level. Experience working with students in humanities, social science, science and interdisciplinary programs is required. Familiarity with curricula and pedagogy related to New College’s academic programs is desirable. Evidence of excellence in teaching will be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments, strong letters of reference, and the teaching dossier and teaching statement submitted as part of the application. The Director must also demonstrate a strong record of active scholarship, publications related to pedagogy or writing instruction and/or creative pedagogical and professional activity. A demonstrated ability to work effectively with culturally and linguistically diverse undergraduate students is required.

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy, teaching evaluations and sample course syllabi), as well as a writing sample.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply by March 1, 2018. Applicants should also ask three referees to send letters (signed and on letterhead) directly to the department via e-mail by the closing date.

If you have questions about this position, please contact Principal Bonnie McElhinny.

Call for Papers: CASDW 2018

 The 10th Annual Conference of
the Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing 
The Diversity of Writing and Discourse

Saturday, May 26 to Monday, May 28, 2018

University of Regina – Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

CASDW 2018 Call for Papers

Proposals due Friday, January 12, 2018

For the 10th annual conference of CASDW/ACR, the largest gathering of writing studies scholars in Canada, we invite papers on all aspects of writing studies, especially those related to research, theory and pedagogy that connect with our theme, The Diversity of Writing and Discourse. This theme encompasses research and theoretical studies about the varied nature, place, role, and impact of writing and discourse, whether in the academy or other professional and public contexts. We ask that presenters share original material that has not been presented at CASDW or other conferences.

Papers might address topics relating to the diversity of writing and discourse such as the role of:

  • writing and discourse in cultural and political debates from diverse perspectives
  • writing and globalization and multilingualism
  • writing in diverse institutional, professional, and cultural settings
  • ethical issues related to writing and discourse and the teaching of writing and discourse
  • writing in diverse digital places and in the context of multimodality
  • writing development across the lifespan including in K-12, undergraduate and graduate curricula
  • writing within and across different disciplines
  • diverse approaches to writing assessment
  • writing centres and teaching and learning centres
  • student writing and diverse institutional approaches to plagiarism
  • different approaches to the development of future writing teachers, scholars, and leaders

We welcome papers that draw on work in writing studies, genre studies, rhetorical theory, writing centre theory and practice, professional and technical writing research and practice, cultural studies, and faculty and TA development. We welcome papers that connect with CASDW’s heritage as a place for sharing research on technical and professional writing as well as those that connect with its more inclusive mission to examine all forms of discourse and writing and to explore pedagogical practices and innovations.

Opening Keynote: Professor Paula Mathieu, Boston College

From Contemplation to Social Action: Writing as a Tool for Hopeful Living”

Paula Mathieu is Associate Professor of English at Boston College where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in rhetoric, writing as social action, and writing pedagogy and is Director of the First-Year Writing Program.  She wrote Tactics of Hope: The Public Turn in English Composition, and co-edited three essay collections, including Circulating Communities, with Stephen Parks and Tiffany Roscoulp.  Her articles have appeared in CCCs, Composition Studies, JAC, Peace Studies, Reflections, and the Journal of Community Literacy. With Diana George, she has cowritten articles about the rhetorical power of the dissident press. She also has published on the intersections between writing and contemplative practice for the Journal of Advanced Composition (JAC) and the Journal for Expanded Perspectives on Learning (JAEPL).

Closing Plenary Speaker: Professor Joel Heng Hartse, Simon Fraser University

“’They Literally Can’t Write a Sentence’: Ideologies of Writing, Multilingual University Students, and Disciplinary Divisions of Labor”

Dr. Joel Heng Hartse is a lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, where he teaches Foundations of Academic Literacy and TEAL-related courses, and is affiliated with the Centre for English Language Learning, Teaching, & Research. His work has appeared in Across the Disciplines (forthcoming), Journal of Second Language Writing, Asian Englishes, Composition Studies, and English Today. He is co-author of Perspectives on Teaching English at Colleges and Universities in China (TESOL Press) and co-editor of the Canadian Journal for Studies in Discourse and Writing/Rédactologie.

CASDW 2018 Call for Papers

La diversité dans la rédaction et le discourt

La dixième conférence annuelle de l’Association canadienne de rédactologie (ACR)

Université de Regina (Regina, SK, Canada)

Du samedi, 26 mai au lundi, 28 mai 2018

Veuillez soumettre vos propositions avant le 12 janvier 2018.

 Nous sollicitons des articles sur tous les aspects de la rédactologie pour la dixième conférence annuelle de CASDW/ACR, le plus grand regroupement de chercheurs en rédactologie au Canada.  En particulier, nous sollicitons des articles sur la recherche en théorie et pédagogie de la rédaction qui sont reliés au thème de la conférence, La diversité dans la rédaction et le discourt. Ce thème inclut la recherche et l’étude théorique de la nature, la place, le rôle et l’impact de la rédaction et du discourt, que ce soit en milieu académique ou dans d’autres contextes d’engagement publics ou professionnels. Nous demandons à ce que les présentateurs soumettent du matériel original, qui n’a pas été présenté à une conférence de l’ACR, ni à d’autres conférences.

Les articles peuvent traiter the sujets liés à la rédaction et au discourt, tels que le rôle de :

  • la rédaction et du discourt, dans les débats politiques et culturels
  • la rédaction dans le contexte de la globalisation et du multilinguisme
  • la rédaction dans l’espace digital et dans un contexte multimodal
  • Les problèmes d’éthique reliés à la rédaction et au discourt, dans le contexte de l’enseignement
  • la rédaction dans les milieux institutionnels, professionnels et culturels
  • le développement des aptitudes rédactionnelles, de l’école primaire aux études graduées
  • la rédaction dans les disciplines et entre les disciplines
  • l’évaluation des travaux écrits
  • les centres d’écriture, de même que les centres d’enseignement et d’apprentissage
  • les travaux écrits et les approches institutionnelles pour contrer le plagiat

Nous sollicitons également des articles qui contribuent aux connaissances existantes en rédactologie, en études de genre, en théorie de la rhétorique, en théorie et pratique sur les centres d’écriture,  en recherche et pratique sur la rédaction technique et professionnelle,  en études culturelles et en développement des professeurs et assistants d’enseignement. Nous accueillons tout particulièrement les communications qui sont reliées au patrimoine de l’ACR en tant que lieu où l’on partage la recherche sur l’écriture technique et professionnelle et celles qui établissent un lien avec sa nouvelle mission encore plus inclusive qui examine toutes les formes de discours et d’écriture, ainsi que l’exploration et l’innovation en pédagogie.

Discourt d’ouverture: Professeur Paula Mathieu, Boston College

De la contemplation à l’engagement social : la rédaction comme outil pour une vie remplie d’espoir

Paula Mathieu est professeure d’anglais à Boston College, ou elle enseigne la rhétorique, la rédaction comme outil d’engagement social et la pédagogie de la rédaction. Elle est également directrice du programme d’écriture de première année. Elle est l’auteure de Tactics of Hope: The Public Turn in English Composition et a coédité trois collections d’essais, y compris Circulating Communities, avec Stephen Parks et Tiffany Roscoulp.  Ses articles ont été publiés dans CCCs, Composition Studies, JAC, Peace Studies, Reflections et dans le Journal of Community Literacy. Avc Diana George, elle a coécrit des articles sur le pouvoir rhétorique de la presse dissidente. Elle a aussi publié sur l’interaction entre la redaction et la pratique contemplative pour le Journal of Advanced Composition (JAC) et le Journal for Expanded Perspectives on Learning (JAEPL).

Séance plénière de fermeture: professeur Joel Heng Hartse, Simon Fraser University

« Ils ne peuvent littéralement pas écrire une seule phrase »: Idéologies de la rédaction, étudiants universitaires polyglottes et la division du travail dans les disciplines

Dr. Joel Heng Hartse est charge de cours dans la faculté d’éducation de Simon Fraser University, ou il enseigne les fondations de la rédaction académique et est affilié avec le Centre for English Language Learning, Teaching, & Research. Sa recherche a été publiée dans Across the Disciplines (en voie de publication), Journal of Second Language Writing, Asian Englishes, Composition Studies et English Today. Il est coauteur de Perspectives on Teaching English at Colleges and Universities in China (TESOL Press) et coéditeur de Canadian Journal for Studies in Discourse and Writing/Rédactologie.

CASDW 2018 Call for Papers

Job Opportunity: Concordia University, Department of English

The Concordia University Department of English invites applications for an Extended Term Appointment (ETA) at the rank of Lecturer in Composition and Professional Writing. This probationary continuing position is a cross-appointment with the Centre for Engineering in Society. A doctorate is necessary as well as university teaching experience in these fields. The renewable appointment is initially for three years. The successful candidate will be eligible for a Faculty professional development stipend.

The mandate of an ETA is teaching and service; the latter is to the primary unit of English. The paramount service is as Coordinator of the department’s Composition program and its Professional Writing Minor. Teaching duties across the primary and secondary units will entail courses in Composition, Professional Writing, and Technical Writing.

The annual course allotment for an ETA is seven (21 credits), with concomitant course remission for coordination of the English programs. Service experience and demonstrated teaching effectiveness in the relevant areas will determine the ranking of applicants.

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, evidence of teaching proficiency, and three letters of reference. Please submit electronic applications only. All applications or inquiries should be sent to Dr. Andre Furlani, Chair, Department of English, Concordia University.

Subject to budgetary approval, the position begins on June 1, 2018. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Applications should reach the Department of English no later than 11 December 2017.



Job Opportunity: University of the Fraser Valley, Department of Communications

The Communications Department at the University of the Fraser Valley invites applications for two full-time, tenure-track positions in professional communications. UFV’s Communications is an applied program that emphasizes professional writing, speaking, and other communication practices. The candidate must have a minimum of three years’ teaching experience in professional communications, which includes applied writing, public speaking, team communication, and social media. Teaching and/or industry experience is also required in (1) social media and digital communication strategies (posting #2017.187) or (2) public relations or a similar field (posting #2017.188). Full posting details can be found here: see posting #2017.187 and/ or #2017.188.

Candidates must submit a curriculum vitae; evidence of teaching excellence (student evaluations if available), and one-page statement of teaching philosophy plus examples of innovative approaches to teaching and course design if available. Three letters of reference will be required prior to being interviewed.

The Selection Advisory Committee will begin reviewing applications on December 11, 2017; however, the positions will remain open until filled.

Call for Proposals: Corpus & Repository of Writing

The Corpus & Repository of Writing (Crow) team is pleased to share a call for proposals for “Writing Research Without Walls: A Symposium for Interdisciplinary Writing and Collaboration.” The symposium will take place at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN on October 4-6, 2018. The plenary speakers will be Dr. Shondel Nero, Associate Professor of Teaching and Learning, New York University, and Dr. Susan M. Conrad, Professor of Applied Linguistics, Portland State University.

This symposium will feature empirical interdisciplinary writing research with focuses on technology and undergraduate research. They welcome both scholars studying undergraduate writing and undergraduate students conducting research in writing studies.  Students and scholars from applied linguistics, rhetoric and composition, second language writing, corpus linguistics, computational linguistics, and technical communication are encouraged to submit.

For this symposium, Crow invites proposal submissions for individual papers, posters, panel presentations, work in progress (WIP), workshops, and media installations. All proposals submitted should clearly engage with data-driven research (quantitative and/or qualitative approaches). We highly encourage those interested in the interdisciplinary and collaborative frameworks that Crow values to submit proposals. All submissions—even those that are WIP—should clearly articulate their research methods. Writing scholars at all levels in the university (tenured/tenure-track professors, adjunct professors/lecturers, graduate students, and undergraduate students) are encouraged to apply.

All proposals must be submitted by February 1, 2018, and applicants will be notified about acceptance decisions by March 15, 2018. The full call for proposals can be found here.